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A Tenacious Spirit

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To mark the launch of Skullcandy‘s wireless Push™ earphones, we teamed up with the brand to present a series of stories celebrating those in the creative community who push themselves to the limit and break boundaries.

In the first story of the series, we caught up with professional skateboarder Wang Di to chat about skating, perseverance, and the meaning of courage.


为庆祝蓝牙无线耳机 Push™ 的重磅推出,Skullcandy 与 Neocha正式携手合作,为你带来几位艺术家、运动员和音乐人,打破极限,自我出声的故事。

作为我们的专题人物的第一位,我们有幸请到了职业滑手王玓,请他与我们聊一聊关于滑板背后的故事,以及他对滑板与“Pushing Limits”的理解。

“The spirit of skateboarding is courage plus perseverance.”

 

滑板精神等于勇气加永不言弃。

Every skater has a stubborn, tenacious side. From popping ollies on the street to landing tricks on ramps and rails, learning to skate takes perseverance. For professional skateboarder Wang Di, the constant challenge is part of the sport’s allure. “Pushing limits is the only way to become one of the best,” he says. “I don’t give up easily. If I can’t figure something out today, I’ll push myself tomorrow.”

Born in 1995, Wang’s already been skating for over a decade. While his former classmates are stuck in the rat race, slaving away in front of a computer, he’s making a name for himself as a professional athlete. He owes his success to his refusal to give in, no matter how tired or frustrated he gets. “Skateboarding takes courage,” he says. “You have to be willing to challenge everything, you can’t back down.”


每个滑板人都有他固执、执着的一面。从在街上不断蹦跳到在坡道和铁轨上尝试技巧,玩滑板太需要坚持不懈的品质了。对于职业滑板运动员王玓来说,不断挑战这一切,正是这项运动诱人之处。

生于 1995 年的王玓,现在已经有十多年滑龄了。在他的同学们按部就班地读书、应聘、工作,走着规划好的人生路时,他却让自己的名字成为了滑板界的一道风采。王玓的成功归功于无论遭遇了多少疲惫或沮丧他都拒绝屈服。 “滑板它需要的就是你的勇气。”他说,“你要敢于挑战这一切,不要缩。”

“I don’t give up easily. If I can’t figure something out today, I’ll push myself tomorrow.”

 

“突破界限才能成为佼佼者。我是不会心甘情愿放弃的,今天做不出来,明天也要拼出来!”

Wang learned perseverance from his father, who gave him his first board at age 12. When his son showed a talent for skating, he encouraged him to follow his passion as far as he could—and then keep going. Before long, Wang was taking home prizes at competitions.

Back in school, whenever a skateboarding event fell on a weekday, his family let him take time off to compete. “The longest I ever took off was a week. When I look back now, it’s hard to believe,” he says. “Compared to other parents of that generation, my dad was really open-minded. And he knows a lot about skateboarding—he started getting into it at the same time I did.” So when Wang announced he wanted to take the leap and skate professionally, his dad had his back.


王玓是从他父亲那里学会的坚持。也正是他父亲,在他 12 岁时送给了他人生第一块滑板。当王玓表现出滑板天赋时,父亲鼓励他尽可能地追随这爱好和激情——然后继续前进。不久之后,王玓就带回了在滑板比赛中赢得的奖品。

那时候王玓还在上学,但如果有滑板活动安排在周一到周五,他爸爸却允许他请假去外地比赛。我最长请过一个星期的假,现在想起来,我都觉得不可思议。王玓说,和其他同龄的父母比起来,我父亲特别开明。而且我爸其实还蛮了解滑板的,他也跟我一起开始了解滑板。”所以在王玓表明了他想继续当职业滑手的念头时,他的父亲亦表态支持。

“Pushing limits is the only way to become one of the best.”

 

“突破界限才能成为佼佼者。”

In China, skateboarding is still viewed with suspicion, and even finding a spot to skate is hard—you never know when you’ll be chased away by an overzealous security guard. So telling people you’re a professional skater raises more than a few eyebrows.

But thanks to the determination of skaters like Wang, things are changing. Skateboarding recently won Olympic recognition, and China will field a team in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. Wang’s courage in defying convention has helped the sport go mainstream—though he puts it in much humbler terms. “The path was right for me,” he says. “All I wanted to do was focus on this one thing.”


在中国,滑板运动仍然不被看好,甚至找到滑板的地方也很难——你永远不知道什么时候你会被一个多管闲事的保安赶走。所以告诉别人你是一名职业滑手,引起的可不仅仅是别人的注意。

但得益于越来越多像王玓这样致力于滑板的选手们的努力,现在滑板运动为国际奥林匹克所认可,中国也将在 2020 年的东京奥运会组建一支专业滑板队。王玓敢于违抗先例的勇气,也帮助了这项运动的推广——尽管他以更加谦逊的方式表达了这一点。 “这条路很适合我,”他说, “就不要做别的了,就专注于一件事情。”

“All I wanted to do was focus on this one single thing.”

 

“就不要做别的了,就专注于一件事情。”

For Wang, doggedly training and daring to outperform the competition are at the sport’s heart. “The spirit of skateboarding is courage plus perseverance.” Mastering a new trick can take days or even months. Some take ten times as long as others. At its worst, it’s repetitive, tedious, and painful: you try the same trick over and over again, you keep falling on the unforgiving concrete. But diehard skaters keep getting up, bruised and bloodied, and hop back on their boards to try again. The feeling of finally landing that trick, says Wang, “is the rush of your life.”

Pushing limits doesn’t mean attempting flashy, dangerous maneuvers, he says. It means overcoming doubt. And the confidence and perseverance he’s gained on his board extend far beyond skating. “On my board, I don’t have a care in the world,” he says. “I feel there’s nothing I can’t do. Skating’s made me optimistic about life.”


对王玓来说,坚持训练并且敢于超越是滑板运动的核心。“滑板精神等于勇气加永不言弃。”一个动作的训练,很可能要花上几天到几月的时间,有时甚至要付出的十倍于别人的努力才能成功。最糟糕的是,这包含着重复、乏味、痛苦:你一遍遍地尝试同样的伎俩,又一次次摔倒在无情的混凝土上。但是顽强的滑手会不断站起来,带着淤青和血丝,然后继续跳上他们的板上再试一次。最终成功落地的感觉,王玓说,“就感觉人生达到了高潮。”

对他来说,挑战界限并不意味着拼命,也不意味着太过冒险。

王玓从滑板中汲取而来的坚韧和自信,早已超越了这项运动本身,融为了他生活的一部分。我在板上就没有烦恼的事情。王玓说,所有事情都觉得可以自己来解决的。滑板让我对生活的看法变得乐观。”

“Skateboarding takes courage. You have to be willing to challenge everything, you can’t back down.”

 

“滑板它需要的就是你的勇气。你要敢于挑战这一切,不要缩。”